Wed April 16, 2014

Innovation Trail and WXXI take lead with new upstate community media engagement project


WXXI Public Broadcasting is spearheading YelleR, an exciting new media initiative that will bring upstate New York community organizations together in a bold citizen journalism project.  The project is funded by a $28,000 grant from the INNovation Fund, a partnership between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Investigative News Network, and substantial in-kind support.

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Sat April 12, 2014
Fort Nassau

Historians debate location of early Dutch settlement in Albany

The Port of Albany has been the focus of a lot of attention lately because of community debate over the location of a proposed crude oil processing plant.

But before the industrial sites and rail yards moved in about 80 years ago, the port was known as Castle Island.

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Mon April 7, 2014

Art and science flow together in the Lava Project

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:15 am

Bob Wysocki

There's a place at Syracuse University where art meets science.  The Lava Project has been fusing the two disciplines for four years now, and soon anyone can get in on the collaboration, through a free online course.

For the scientist, creating lava and watching it flow means to “understand how lava behaves and what it means when we have certain structures in lava flows, what controls that.”

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Tue March 18, 2014

Group, legislators lobby for neurological research funding to be reinstated

Former State Police Sergeant Paul Richter and Dr. Brad Berk of the University of Rochester Medical Center
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Lawmakers joined advocates for neurological research in Albany yesterday to lobby the legislature to refund a program they say could change the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries.

Heidi Greenbaum’s son Corey was left paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident 6 years ago. She says people with spinal cord injuries aren’t as permanently broken as some may think.

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Tue March 18, 2014
Water Quality

Fish stocking program boosting Lake Ontario's viability

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:12 pm

Fishers on the Salmon River, a tributary to Lake Ontario.
David Chanatry/New York State Reporting Project

Lake Ontario is boasting some of the best sport fishing among the Great Lakes, thanks to a successful stocking program by New York state's environmental management agency.

The Department of Environmental Conservation pumps ample supplies of trout and salmon into Lake Ontario and its tributaries every year. It attracts anglers from all over -- more than 2.5 million each season.

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